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Re: Sampling copyrights

(There are probably a lot of answers to this by now, but)

The last time I read, the amount of time that a sample had to be before it 
was illegal was very small, like 1/4 of a second. The Prodigy probably had 
to pay a large amount of money for using the Art of Noise's "hey" sample 
"firestarter". Even though the sample itself is very short, it's extremely 
unique and easy to recognize if you've ever heard the Art of Noise song.

My advice would be to sample in a creative way, so that it becomes an 
part of the song, and isn't easily spottable as something from a 
artist. In other words, don't be Will Smith.

Of course, if you keep your head down, you probably won't get sued for 


>From: Kevin Cheli-Colando <kevin@minds-eye.org>
>Reply-To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com
>To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com
>Subject: Sampling copyrights
>Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000 10:57:02 -0400
>Anyone know what the current fair use for samples is?  Last I knew it was 
>like 2 seconds and under was acceptable and longer samples than that 
>credit/permission, etc.

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